Psalm 7:9, Testing Before Victory

The Example

Throughout the Bible, God tests His men before placing them in positions of authority. Joseph is the model, who suffered as a good servant before rising to the right hand of Pharaoh. Moses as well, who laboured tending sheep for 40 years before being called to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Christ is the apex, who suffered to free His people from sin and death, before being raised to rule at the right hand of God.

So, it can be shown that God’s people are meant to lead. But this leadership only comes after a period of trial and testing.

The Counter-Example

The counter-example is Adam, who did not immediately reach for the Tree of Life, but chose to defy God, reaching for the lawless power “to be as God” without obedience and submission to Christ.

I would argue, Adam almost immediately chose to defy God, after seeing that Eve was not immediately killed for touching and eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Note that neither Adam nor Eve even bothered to consider communion with God, by eating the Tree of Life, until after they were cast out of the garden.

“It’s all about me!” according to the hateful rebels who — quite literally — chose death over life.

Let’s follow the example of the Second Adam, Jesus Christ, who loves God and loves us.

And not the example of the First Adam, who coldly watched his wife eat the apple, and then – seeing that she did not die immediately – decided to take some of that fruit himself, in the Name of Power and the Snake, and explicitly against the Name of God.

First came the evil in the heart, then came the sin of the action.

But Christ chose the better way, the way of life.

Christus Victor

Just as we all sinned in Adam – history matters, and consequences cannot be evaded forever – so those in the Body of Christ are cleaned in Christ, by His sacrifice and His love and His obedience to the Father.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:12-21 ESV

The wickedness of the wicked really will come to an end.

In time and on earth, as well as in eternity.

(Ignoring the destruction of the Nazis and the Confederacy for the moment, does anyone have any respect for Soviet and Russian power? God stands against the lawless thug, and — over time — grinds them into dust.

And what God did to them, he can do to us.

Let us then take warning, before His awful throne!)

Let us then not be found to be wicked, but to be just.

For God will establish the just, and the authority of those who submit to Christ, and teach the nations — governments, peoples, cultures, societies — to do the same.

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